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Daman and Diu: Diu
Diu, one of the most prominent tourists’ destinations of West India, is a heavenly haven for the nature lovers. You won’t be able to see many hippies here. It’s an advantage of Diu over Goa. The geographical position of Diu, however, still is a problem for many who want to witness the natural wonder of Diu. The best season to visit Diu for the nature and bird lovers probably is winters. This is the time when innumerable animated birds fly in from their native lands to Diu. They spread color to nature and the pretty nature of Diu looks even prettier. Sun and Sand, Sea and Surf of Diu are to be explored by everyone at least once in life.
Diu gives you an opportunity to stay in tune with nature. You would enjoy every bit of it. The salty water of the ocean moves into the city here and there in form of slender canals. Ambling on the banks of these canals and watching rippling water streams would be charming experiences for nature lovers on any given day. Gaze at the wonderful tiny town of Diu at night when it gets bejeweled with the wreaths of bright lights. The vista of the shimmering and pretty city would uplift your spirit for sure.
The Pearl of the ocean is Diu, placed at the southern corridor of Kathiawar. The appealing Arabian ocean is surrounding the delightful Diu around three of its sides where as the northern part of Diu is well protected by the attention-grabbing backwater. Previously Diu was popularly known as Dweep in Sanskrit.
Spiritual inhabitants of Diu believe that Ram Chandra, the Hindu mythological character, had stayed here for few days during his exile.
The lingering façade of the Arabian Ocean and golden sandy beaches make Diu a sought after tourists’ destination. Covering a rambling 40 square km of manor, Diu, has a population of 39488.
The concretized roads help tourists in moving to different parts of Diu comfortably. The colorful and beautiful roadside homes carry very Old Portuguese architectural touches. Scattered historical evidences of Diu recall the ancient memories of Portuguese era.
The captivating fort is located at the eastern side of Diu where as the colossal wall is protecting the city along the western side of the city. The chief doorway of the city is artistically decorated with pretty architectural panache.
Christian crowds are thoroughly entertained watching both the consecrated St Pauls and St Francis of Assissi churches. The newly constructed Church, beside Matriz, is drawing attention of the tourists now. Climb up the roof top to gaze at the panoramic sight of the fascinating city. Other coveted tourists’ destinations in Diu are Ghanta Gateway, Gupta Prayag and Diu Market. Post Office, Bank and Goa Travels are there at the north- western side of the Diu Bus Stand. If you are interested to buy something, then make sure that you don’t go to market on Sunday as the market of Diu is closed on Sunday.
Diu was located in the ruling province of Portuguese. The historical Church of Diu was erected long back in 1547 by Portuguese merchants.
Compelling greeneries, spread across various parts of Diu, are its forte. Coconut and tamarisk trees cover the entire land of Diu. Bananas and Guavas can be seen everywhere. The profession of most of the city dweller is fishing. Diu is producing both salt and hard drinks. Rum is also manufactured in Diu from sugarcane. Shops of hard drinks are dotted in and around Diu. Diu has also been bifurcated in two adjoining territories by the riveting backwater like Daman.
The main land of India is connected through a viaduct to Goghla beach and neighboring Canal. Wharf bank and tourists’ office are not very far away from the bus stand which can be accessed crossing the viaduct. Amble on 1 km long fort road for some time for an agreeable experience. Watching the beautiful and unique backwater, positioned at the left hand side of the bus stand, would be an eye-soothing experience for the nature lovers. The pretty and charming orchard located on the banks of the backwater here is a picturesque sight to stare at. You can catch a glimpse of the series of hotels at the right hand side of the lovely grove. Goghla houses tourists’ complex, tourists’ office and check post as well.
The beautiful and well stretched out Ahmedpur Mandovi Beach, can be accessed by bus or by hiring a car from the city crossing the Goghla Bridge. It’s located at a distance of 5 km away from the Backwater of Diu. Tourists can enjoy their stay here at Toran Beach Resort. Don’t forget to ride on water scooter here. It would be a different experience for you all together. Magico Do Mar is another place where you can stay as well. The Tourist Complex, near Daman and Diu tourism, has an assortment of entertainment items for children.
Located at an altitude of 29 meters, the Diu fort or Presa-di-Diu was erected way back during 1535-1541 by Portuguese and is safeguarding the city around the eastern tip of Diu. The fort itself is protected by a well maintained fortification and a moat. A number of cannons are placed in the bays of the wall around the fort. It was once a secured Portuguese den. There are stone galleries in 5 huge windows, positioned on the rampart. This distinguished and singular Portuguese fort, covering 56736 square meter of territory, had been hit severely many times but it still is a prime destination for the tourists of Diu. If you visit the fort, then you would get to see that the historical fort has not been maintained properly. Few cannon shells are scattered at various places on the premise of the fortress. For the last time, it was hammered by the Indian soldiers while they were conducting the “Operation Vijay” in 1961. The geographical position of the fort is worthy of mention as well. The Arabian ocean is delimiting the fort from three of its sides where as the enamoring backwater is in the eastern side of the fort. You can take pleasure in the agreeable fort during 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The nearby Light House which was a joint venture of Bahadur Shah and Portuguese gives hordes of holiday makers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the surrounding natural splendor. The beguiling Light House, constructed during 1535-1541, is a significant historical attraction. The idol of Nuna-da-Cunha, the Portuguese Governor, is placed right at the entrance of the Light House and is greeting all the tourists who are climbing up the Light House. One portion of the Light House now houses a detention center. A museum is also there but the doorway of it remains closed for the entire day.
The Forte de Mar or Panikota Mini Fort resembles the structure of a ship. Another Light House on the banks of the Backwater, right at the entrance of the fort, was also constructed by a Portuguese during 1535. This Light house could be accessed through an underground channel at that period of time. But, all these have now been demolished. Interested tourists can visit it riding on a launch from the wharf. Many believe that the impressive Fort de Mar was built in an entire night. To hide the construction process the architect of the fort was killed. The captivating fort looks even more appealing during night when garlands of colorful lights festoon it completely.
The Marware commemorative recollects the old memories of deceased Soldiers of Rajput regiment. They were killed during 1961 by the Indian soldiers. The neighboring Manohar Park is another charming tourists’ destination. The grand entrance of the fort would surely mesmerize all for its excellent architectural works.
The holy St Paul’s Church is accessible through the road, placed at the opposite side of the majestic doorway. Constructed during 1601-1610, the consecrated Church resembles the architectural excellence of the Bom Jesus Church of Goa. The external walls of this Church depict the charming Gothic Architectures. The beguiling carvings on the Burma teak inside the church are pleasing to look at as well.
A rich museum, built during 1992 in St Tomas Church, is located towards the northern side of the St Paul’s Church. The unique and illustrious, St Thomas Church was built long back in 1598. The daru idols, kept and maintained in this Church uphold the ancient cultures and traditions. Spiritual crowds can witness the grandeur of the Church during 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The hospital in the hallowed Francis of Assissi is treating innumerable needy people.
The oval shaped Chakratirtha Beach, about 4 km away from the city of Diu, is entirely covered up with golden sands. This is a picture perfect sight for one and all. Stand on the sands of the beach and enjoy the vista of the class-apart sunset.
The Jalandhar Beach is another delightful paradise and is located at a distance of 1 km away from the Chakratirtha Beach. The name of this finicky beach had been derived from the name of the emperor.
Placed near the beach, atop the tiny hill, the holy temple is a sought after pilgrimage point for countless numbers of spiritual crowds. This righteous temple is associated with the renowned mythological tales as well.
The divine temple of Devi Chandika is not very far away. If you want to witness the divinity of this pilgrimage paradise, then you can stay here overnight at the cottage complex.
The Summer House or the flower garden or the park is there to entertain the visiting children. The Circuit house, positioned at a higher elevation, is a place for you if you love to watch the ambience around. The feral salty waves of the ocean entice the throng of tourists as well. The waves of the lingering ocean would touch your feet and wipe out dirt in a blink of an eye. The sight of the sea beach and surrounding natural environs can be best viewed during the full moon nights.
About 4 km away from the city of Diu, the deity Gangeshwar is residing and is pulling all his devotees towards him. The worship of the deity starts with the onset of high-tide and ends at the end of reflux. The 2.5 meters tall idol of Nag Raj is worth watching as well. The environs around would enthrall you for sure.
The entire southern corridor of Diu is delimited by limestone tilas, hilly creeks and golden sandy beaches.
The 2 km long horse shoe-shaped Nagoa Beach, enjoys serenity and is situated at a distance of 8 km away from the city. Plenty of visitors take a dip in the deep blue ocean here. The land of Hoka (Huphaene Species) trees, the mesmerizing Nagoa Beach, can be accessed by bus from the city. Hiring an auto from the city to the beach is not a bad idea as well.
Notable and exemplary hotels where you can stay at Nagoa Beach are Ganga Sagar Hotel, Radhika Beach Resort and Resort Hoka. You can enjoy a delightful view of the sea from the Radhika Beach Resort. Interested tourists can stay at the roadside huts of the city dwellers.
The village of fishermen, Vanakbara, is located towards the southern side of the Nagoa Beach.
Udvada: The Persian hamlet, Udvada, is not a bright spot on the Indian tourists’ map and is a place to spend quality time during the weekend in the stillness of the cool shades of palm trees.
The very old and unique Udvada temple is a holy destination for the pilgrims.
Glove Hotel, Paradise Hotel, Mek Hotel, Ashishvang Hotel and Dharamshalas have rooms where you can stay overnight in reasonable rates.
Navsari, about 80 km away from Udvada, on NH-8, is famous in the vicinity for the existence of the Persian divine fire temple. The city dwellers run a business of cutting diamond here. The place is even more popular due to this diamond business.
Hotel Gupta, Hotel Sauras and Hotel Rajkumar in Navsari can accommodate you all comfortably.
Nargol: During 745, 2000 people of Persian community came all the way to Nargol, about 100 km away towards the southern side of Surat. The memorial here recalls the Old Persian memories.
Most of the inhabitants are staying at a distance of 6 km away from the memorial on the beautiful beach. Array of tamarisk trees provide shelter to them. The diminutive Nargol beach was decorated by the people of Persian community.
Golvad, Dahanu, Palghar, Daman, Devka and Udvada are the adjoining Persian hamlets.
Nargol Beach actually is located on the premise of Gujarat but it would be easier to access the beach from Daman (20 km) and Vapi (10 km).
How to reach Diu: Buses ply to Diu from Porbandar in 2 ½ hours. It is also accessible easily from Bhavnagar, Anand, Vapi, Una, Rajkot and Mumbai by bus. Numerous destinations of Gujarat are connected by bus to Diu as well. Countless numbers of tourists are traveling to Diu from Somnath by bus regularly. The nearest railway station, Delvada, is located at a distance of 8 km away from Diu. Trains are going to Delvada from Junagarh, Khijadiya, Ahmadabad and Veraval.
Where to stay at Diu: Hotel Mozambique, Hotel Alishan, Apna Guest House, PWD Rest House, Hotel Samrat, Hotel Super Silver, Hotel Sanman palace, Hotel Aapna, Hotel Kohinoor, Circuit House and Hotel Triveni. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings.